From Monday, Seoulites can enjoy W-CDMA services at a similar rate to the current 2G phones. In an effort to build awareness of 3G phones, the private and public sectors are taking part in various incentives. SK Telecom’s subscription fee is 50,000 won, and it will collect 20 won for 10-second voice calls in addition to 14,000 won in basic monthly charges. SK will offer video call services for free in March, but will charge a monthly fee to be fixed later.
KTF’s W-CDMA services cost an initial 30,000 won and carry a monthly rate of 14,000 won. A voice call costs 18 won for every 10 seconds, while the video call rate soars to 100 won per 10 seconds. KTF, the mobile arm of the dominant fixed-line player KT, will cut the basic rate by 30 percent to 9,800 won until next September, and its users can connect to the Internet at a flat monthly fee of 20,000 won during the same period. Continue >>